Billboard Bits: Other Ones, Kids' Day, 'Lizzie McGuire'

News on Other Ones, Kids' Day, 'Lizzie McGuire'

NellyFollowing a successful weekend stand at Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion in East Troy, Wis., post-Grateful Dead act the Other Ones has tentatively laid out a fall U.S. tour. Initially announced dates concentrate on the eastern half of the country, kicking off Nov. 14 in Roanoke, Va., and wrapping Dec. 2 in Rosemont, Ill.

There's no word as to whether or not the group -- comprised of surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, and completed by guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Herring, pianist Rob Barocco, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti -- will add more dates, or attempt to restart the Dead's tradition of New Year's Eve concerts.

Here are the Other Ones' tentative tour dates:

Nov. 14: Roanoke, Va. (Civic Center)
Nov. 15: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Nov. 16: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
Nov. 18-19: Boston (FleetCenter)
Nov. 20: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Nov. 22: Hartford, Conn. (Civic Center)
Nov. 23-24: Philadelphia (First Union Spectrum)
Nov. 26: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 27: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Nov. 29: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
Nov. 30: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace at Auburn Hills)
Dec. 1: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Dec. 2: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyUp-and-coming pop acts BBMak and Mario have been tapped to headline this year's Arthur Ashe Kids' Day to kick off the annual U.S. Open tennis event. Set for Aug. 24 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the event will be co-hosted by Summer Sanders and MTV's Quddus, and will also feature appearances by tennis stars Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, and Andy Roddick. The affair will be taped to air Aug. 25 as a two-hour special on CBS.

Along with musical performances and guests, the day-long festival features activities for kids such as tennis clinics and interactive games. The event, which was established to honor tennis legend Arthur Ashe and continues his mission of promoting education and bringing the sport of tennis to children, will benefit youth-oriented charities and USA Tennis National Junior Tennis League. Past entertainers have included 98 Degrees, Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, and Jessica Simpson.

Tickets for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day are available via Ticketmaster,, and the USTA National Tennis Center box office.

BBMak will release its second album, "Into Your Head," Aug. 27 via Hollywood. It will be the U.K. boy band's follow-up to 2000's "Sooner or Later," which peaked at No. 38 on The Billboard 200. Mario is supporting his self-titled J debut, which debuts this week at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 9 on The Billboard 200.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyTracks by Mandy Moore, Smash Mouth, and Jessica Simpson are featured on the 12-track soundtrack to the popular Disney Channel/ABC teen series "Lizzie McGuire." Due Aug. 13 from Walt Disney Records, the album features everything from the Jackson 5 classic "ABC" to songs by newcomer teen groups Jump 5, Play, and S Club 7.

The set opens with "I Can't Wait," a song by Hilary Duff, the show's star. "I had never recorded a song before, so I didn't know what to expect," the 14-year-old actress said in a statement. "It turned out to be fun, buta lot of hard work, too. Overall, I'm really proud of what I was able to accomplish my first time out." While it's her first song, it won't be her last; Duff is expected to appear on an upcoming Walt Disney Records Christmas album, as well as at least one more compilation for the label.

Here is the full "Lizzie McGuire" soundtrack listing:

"I Can't Wait," Hilary Duff
"Why Can't We Be Friends," Smash Mouth
"All I Can Do," Jump 5
"Us Against the World," Play
"Irresistible," Jessica Simpson
"ABC," Jackson 5
"Everybody Wants Ya," S Club 7
"Start the Commotion," the Wiseguys (featuring Greg Nice)
"Walk Me Home," Mandy Moore
"What They Gonna Think," Fan_3
"Have a Nice Life," Dana Dawson
"Theme Song to 'Lizzie McGuire'"

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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